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We continue to taste Wine of Moldova and we are heading towards the merlot wine zone – the most underrated red grape variety. There are quite a lot of winemakers who, sooner or later, will try their skills in making a premium merlot wine, but only a few of them will succeed. Anyway, a high end merlot wine is not a hard find anymore even here in Moldova these days, that’s why, this time, the wine that we’ve chosen was easy to pick – Merlot 2012 from Mimí.
Let’s take a deeper look at the tasting notes and the wine’s review statistics:
The wine has a noble-clear garnet color, it is deep and opaque, with the rim-color of a clear garnet shade.
The nose is clean and strong with no signs of wine faults. The first nose reveals strong notes of ripe black fruits: black cherry, dried cherry, black plum, black currant, black raspberry and black mulberry. Later on come some delicious notes of ripe pomegranate, black olive and wormwood. The end is crowned by a toasted wood aroma in tandem with some black pepper and black tea notes, with a hint of black chocolate.
The wine is dry, with no signs of residual sugar and high, but well integrated alcohol level. It has high acidity and dry tannin, which makes it taste seedy, sharp and muscular. This is a big and expressive wine – dense and bold, with a nuanced, quite persistent, spicy profile. The overall balance is good, with maybe just a bit too much woody accent.
The wine has a long, bitter-sweet finish, with a velvety and maybe just a bit astringent aftertaste, that lasts quite a while.
This is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 89.0 points scored it is right there, among the best wines we’ve tasted so far. Please click on the chart icon on the left in order to get to the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines we’ve tasted to date.
Last but not least, we are pleased to communicate that this wine has been already awarded a commended accolade by International Wine Challenge and another commended award by Decanter World Wine Awards – two of the most influential wine tasting competitions in the world of wine – a clear tell that speaks volumes about the levels of merlot wines from Moldova. This should not come as a surprise, as we had already mentioned, it is not a hard task anymore to find a good, premium merlot wine here, in Moldova. As a conclusion, we can only add that, there is no reason to avoid merlot wines anymore, just keep calm and drink Wine of Moldova.
WineStatistics tasting results:
Merlot | 2012
grape: | merlot |
overall rating: | 89.0 |
conclusion: fine | highly recommended
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